TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANT: GENDER AND EQUITY TRAINER
Due Date: 2018-08-31
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to help ensure decision-making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research.
APHRC is looking for a consultant with experience in gender and equity and maternal and child health (MNCH) to conduct a training for researchers doing implementation research supported by the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program. Gender and equity is a key area of assessment in the IMCHA program. Through this training researchers will be able to identify gender and equity challenges and how to address them so as to improve MNCH outcomes.
The IMCHA program seeks to improve maternal, and child health outcomes by strengthening health systems to become more equitable, using primary health care as an entry point. Two inter-related components, Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) and Health Policy Research Organizations (HPROs), have been designed to collaborate on improving the translation of research evidence and learning into policy and practice for effective MNCH interventions in 11 countries across the continent.
A consortium of three institutions – APHRC, the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community (ECSA-HC) and Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO) – have formed the Eastern Africa Health Policy and Research Organization (EA-HPRO). The EA-HPRO drives the MNCH research to policy process by working with 13 IRTs in six countries in the Eastern Africa region: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The specific objectives of the IMCHA program are:
Identify and maximize opportunities for policy influence for MNCH issues
Influence policy and programmatic decisions and actions on MNCH in the target countries informed by evidence provided by IRTs
Build consensus for MNCH issues to drive policy outreach at national regional and global levels.
Develop and agree on a regional MNCH agenda together with the legislative and economic bodies.
Strengthen the capacity of IRTs for long-term and systematic engagement with decision-makers in their respective countries for more effective uptake of the evidence they gene
The assignment requires a consultant to develop a training curriculum on gender and equity and train researchers working on MNCH to identify gender and equity challenges and how to address them in their implementation research projects. The training objectives are to:
Create awareness on gender concepts and how they apply to research and development programs.
Discuss key gender and equity issues in MNCH with specific references to the research areas covered by the IMCHA program.
Train the researchers on field tools that are applicable for analyzing and addressing gender issues in MNCH and in facilitating community research on the same.
Support the researchers to develop monitoring and evaluation indicators for gender outcomes in the research areas to inform the development of tools to analyze and report on the data.
Conduct a participatory training that uses different methods including stories, case studies, group activities to engage the participants.
3.0 Scope of assignment
Outline the topics for the training including the methodology and approach.
Prepare the training agenda, materials including presentations, innovative and practical exercises.
Develop a pre-test and post-test tool to be administered to the training participants.
Document the training process and submit a final training report including the evaluation results (pre and post-training).
Following completion of the assignment the consultant will provide:
A training report not exceeding 10 pages.
Soft copies of training materials (these includes presentations, notes related to the workshop).
5.0 Time Frame
The number of days for the training to be discussed – it will be conducted during the week of November 5-8, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
6.0 Qualification and Skills
The consultant should have an advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) social sciences, public health and policy analysis with demonstrated experience in qualitative data analysis, health systems, and health policy. Knowledge and familiarity with maternal, newborn and child health is necessary. The consultant needs to have the following experience:
A minimum of five years professional experience in gender equity and gender analysis for health systems and health policy
Excellent training and facilitation skills in gender equity
Preferably experience with qualitative research related to gender equity and/or maternal and child health
8.0 Application Process
Interested experts are invited to apply by submitting the following application documents:
Curriculum vitae (maximum three pages)
A two-page document highlighting the potential topics for the training and the methods that will be used to deliver them.
Letter of Motivation outlining how your experience, skills, qualifications and professional networks fit with the required deliverables (one-page maximum).
Please submit your detailed application documents in PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com by August 31, 2018, indicating the title of the position as the subject of the email.